Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Dr. Joseph S. Coselli and his team at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute have pioneered new approaches to treat aortic disease, including novel percutaneous endovascular repair procedures used at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center to treat high-risk patients. Dr. Coselli has extensive experience in complex aortic repair in emergent patients as well as patients with connective tissue disorders such as Marfan and Loeys-Dietz syndromes. He and his team have performed more than 7,500 repairs of the aorta and over 3,300 repairs of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, making Dr. Coselli the world's most experienced aortic surgeon.

At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, our surgeons perform over 300 open-heart surgeries and more than 100 lung and esophageal procedures annually, making it the busiest VA cardiac center in the United States. The MEDVAMC offers many unique surgical possibilities for cardiac surgery patients, including one of the few percutaneous valve options in the VA system.

At Ben Taub Hospital, thoracic and trauma surgeons lead one of the busiest municipal hospital cardiac surgery programs in the nation. Continuing its national reputation for excellent outcomes while serving one of the most diverse patient populations in the U.S., Ben Taub Hospital received the Award of Excellence for Cardiac Care from the Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute.

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The division offers a three-year Thoracic Surgery Residency and one-year Aortic Surgery Fellowship. In addition to these programs, the Division is excited to offer an ACGME approved six-year Thoracic Surgery Integrated Residency Program in July 2021. The program will consist of six years of training with two additional years in research focused in Cardiothoracic or General Thoracic Surgery. 

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The division is leading breakthrough research in heart failure, aortic disease, and valve sparing through their work in clinical trials, device innovation, and in the laboratory. Our team of surgical experts and scientists partner together to develop innovative clinical therapies for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Todd K. Rosengart's Laboratory for Cardiac Regeneration is funded by an NIH grant to study the ability to convert scar tissue into new contractile cells in order to reduce fibrosis and restore cardiac function. Dr. Joseph S. Coselli serves as the national principal investigator and head of the Data Coordinator Center and Surgical Core for The Marfan Foundation's Aortic Valve Operative Outcomes in Marfan Patients study. The Aortic Disease Research Laboratory maintains one the world's most extensive aortic tissue banks, enabling high quality research both at Baylor and in other academic institutions around the nation. 

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Chief's Message

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An introduction from Division Chief Dr. Joseph S. Coselli.

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Healthcare

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Clinical services in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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Education

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Training programs offered in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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Research

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Research activities from the faculty in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.